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Edward Lear

Flora

A Way of Life: The Collection of Barbara & Ernest Kafka

Edward Lear

Edward Lear

Flora

Flora

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A Way of Life: The Collection of Barbara & Ernest Kafka

Edward Lear

London 1812 - 1888 San Remo

Flora


Watercolour over pencil on paper;

signed lower left: E Lear., dated lower right: 1831., inscribed with title lower centre

264 by 212 mm

The watercolour pigment is well preserved. The paper is time-stained. The sheet is not laid down.


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With Davis Galleries, New York;
sale, London, Christie's, 25 April 1995, lot 131,
where acquired by the late owners

During the early 1830s Lear was much preoccupied with the study of animals and birds. His most celebrated work in this area was his Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots which contained forty-two hand coloured lithographs after his watercolours.


For a similar watercolour of the same scale, date and style of inscription see Lear's Javanese Peacock, now held in the Houghton Library, Harvard University.1


1. V. Noakes, The Painter Edward Lear, London 1991, p. 33